|From left, Ruth Treon, Gwen Brown and Becky Goodwin|
So...we dove into gelatin plate printing. In this case, since I had never done it, but owned the stuff (that is, a Gelli plate, brayers (the rubber rolling thingy in Ruth's hand), paint, stampy stuff), and had read about it, I sent the group some links to some websites about doing it and loaded up a carload of supplies such as various stamping blocks., found objects, home made stamps etc. Like me, Ruth Treon had also purchased a Gelli plate (a silicone plate which is always ready to be used) but had yet to use it.
I made my plate with 6 cups of water, and six packets of gelatin. Someplace I had read that it would be easier to take it out of the 9 x 12 pan if I put a layer of plastic wrap in the bottom. Bad idea. The plastic floated up and half of the gelatin was below the plastic and the other half above, so when I unmolded the gel it was a mess. But since one of the reasons I wanted to use real gelatin rather than just the silicone plate was that the surface would be imperfect and break down over the use of it, I just unmolded the mess and worked with that. You can see it as the blob of blue and purple nearest the edge of the table.
Ruth didn't have any problem with hers at all. We brayered the paint over the plate, then used either paint swirls, stamping bits, or found objects.
So....I over stamped it with the bottom of a Hostess cupcake "wrapper" (the brown plastic part has an outline which has always reminded me of the sun) dipped in gold metallic paint.
Gwen did some fun things with my plate and some blue, but I didn't get a picture which showed it off to it's best effect.
Technically, when you do this, it is called making a mono-print. A mono-print is a painting on a surface which is then transferred to another....in this case fabric. While sometimes you can get a second "pull" from the plate, usually you've already transferred all of the paint or ink to the surface you initially transferred it, thus, you only get one print per inking of the plate.
Here are some additional websites/blogs with info on gelatin plate printing.
Leslie Tucker Jenison at the Sketchbook Project blog
Where to find unflavored gelatin? Well....it wasn't easy in my grocery store...when I didn't see the familiar package of Knox gelatin in the jello/pudding aisle, I asked the store help....they told me to look in the canning aisle (yes, this is Ohio, so we have a section of an aisle devoted to canning)....only that was Pectin, not gelatin....I finally found it on the very bottom of the shelf next to rennet (that's another story) and it was only the house brand, not Knox.
I had been looking for some Kosher or non-animal gelatin for a friend, and I tried Halal stores and an Indian market, and a couple of health food stores, but never found any. Maybe she will have to use just the Gelli Plate!